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September 19, 1981
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/22 : CIA-RDP90-00552R000303040005-8 JAMESTOWN POST-JOURNAL 19 September 1981 CIA Ctt Isn't New To. Peter James By CHARLES BOWEN' Jamestown native Peter James, au- thor, lecturer and former CIA contact has once- again become "n3urved in. international intrigue with his propos- als to change U.S. foreign',policy to- ward Cuba. The 41-year-old' James visited Cuba for 25 day& in June and July, and sent his observations and recommendations in an unsolicited letter to CIA Director William Casey-- James is the author of "Soviet Con; quest from Space" and "The Air Force Mafia" which were aimed at exposing corruption in the military industrial, and intelligence complex. r ? . His professional-career, began with his employment at Pratt' & Whitney Aircraft's Florida Research and Devel- opment Center in West Paim Beach from 1962-1971.... In 1970, while working as the firm's foreign technology expert, he submitted an 800-page report assessing the Soviet rocket technology upon request of Pres- I ident Nixon. Previously, James had submitted solicited intelligence reports to the CIA following encounters with scientists, engineers and agents from Athens, Madrid, Belgrade,>- Venice, Paris, Mar Del Plata, Rome, Konstanz, Dubrovnik, Marseilles and Brusses. He was fired from Pratt and Whitney in 1971 for allegedly breaking company rules. In May 1972, James was again contacted by the CIA to associate with Soviet diplomats and scientists who were in Miami. He was asked to assess the official Soviet reaction to Nixon's announcement that the U.S. had com- menced mining Haiphone Harbor in Vietnam and whether the planned Nixon-Brezhnev summit conference, scheduled for a few weeks away, was in danger. , James met with the Soviet diplomats two hours after being contacted by the CIA and reported. that the summit conference was in no danger. James, who was a Jamestown may- oral candidate in 1977, traveled to Cuba in June and July and befriended offi- cials in Cubatur - the Cuban govern- ment. travel agency= and a Cuban friendship organization ICAP. He' also talked with government representa- tives. - While in Cuba, he found that the American perception of Premier Fidel Castro running a repressive regime without popular support was incorrect. James said he observed that illiteracy is being eliminated, land reform mea- sures and been undertaken and muli- ple-unit housing hase been developed. An important aspect that James said he observed was that the Cubans did not feel the Soviet invasion of Afghani- stan could be justified by Marxism- Leninism. Public support of the Soviet Union on the Afghanistan issue is "lukewarm." If the Cuban were inde- pendent of Russian aid, their public support of the Afghanistan situation would probably vanish overnight," James will be on the lecture tour again this month until next spring. His trip to Cuba and his recommendations to Casey will be one of the subjects he will speak on. ILLEGIB Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/22 : CIA-RDP90-00552R000303040005-8